Chicago Parks: Prairie Style and Public Sculptures
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago Parks: Prairie Style and Public Sculptures

Historian Julia Bachrach will lead this tour featuring significant landscapes, architecture, and artworks in Lincoln and Humboldt Parks. Sculptural highlights include:  Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Standing Lincoln, Altgeld Monument by Gutzon Borglum, who also created the Presidential Memorial at Mount Rushmore; and a pair of bronze Bison produced by the sculptor of the Art Institute Lions, Edward Kemeys. On this tour, you will also learn about how Danish immigrant Jens Jensen experimented with Prairie style philosophies in Humboldt Park, and explore Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pool, one of the nation’s few Prairie style landscapes to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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Bike Talk: Chicago’s Cycling Future
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Bike Talk: Chicago’s Cycling Future

As cycling enjoys a new Golden Age in our region, this session explores the history of bicycling in Chicago while also examining important contemporary questions. What should be done to assure that bicyclists have the appropriate infrastructure? How are cycling resources being distributed within our neighborhoods? Julia Bachrach will illuminate the evolution of bicycling in Chicago. Chicago Reader columnist John Greenfield and city planner Benet Haller will report on the city’s diverse and growing cycling community, and Maggie Melin of the Active Transportation Alliance will forecast the future of cycling in Chicago. This program is sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Cost: Public $35, CAF Members 28$ Beer and light refreshments (This event is open only to guests 21 years old or older.) Register at architecture.org.

Image: Veledrome in Humboldt Park, 1936, Chicago Park District Records: Photographs, Special Collections, Chicago Public Library. 

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Tour of Dan Kiley’s South Garden of the Art Institute
Jul
26
12:15 PM12:15

Tour of Dan Kiley’s South Garden of the Art Institute

Chicago Architecture Foundation

As part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Daytime Talk Series, Julia Bachrach will give this tour in honor of travelling exhibition The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley now on display in the Lecture Hall Gallery. The tour will begin at the CAF Lecture Hall, and participants will walk to the Art Institute South Garden. Julia will provide insights into Kiley’s masterful early 1960s plan that made this garden into one of Chicago’s loveliest hidden spaces.

To register: https://www.architecture.org/experience-caf/programs-events/detail/daytime-talk-dan-kileys-south-garden/

Photo:  Dan Kiley’s South Garden looking towards Fountain of the Great Lakes, 2010, courtesy of Chicago Park District.

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Fascinating Fountains and Statues Tour
Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Fascinating Fountains and Statues Tour

Organized through Bolling Brook Park District

This tour features many of the city’s most fascinating historic and contemporary public fountains and statues. Highlights include Lorado Taft’s Fountain of Time in Washington Park; Lincoln Park’s newly-restored Fountain Girl monument and Charitas--one of the few historic artworks sculpted by a woman artist; and Dale Chihuly’s vibrant Persian Pool at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Photo: Dale Chihuly’s Persian Pool in Garfield Park Conservatory Aroid House, 2009, photo by Julia Bachrach.

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